GNOME Core Applications

GNOME Core Applications

GNOME Core Applications
Developer(s) The GNOME Project
Initial release December 20, 1998 (1998-12-20)[1]
Written in Vala, C, C++, Scheme, JavaScript, Python
Operating system Linux, Unix-like, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows
Platform GTK+
License GNU General Public License
Website //Apps/

GNOME Core Applications is the collection of about 30 computer programs, that are packaged as part of the standard free and open-source GNOME desktop environment. GNOME Core Applications have the look and feel of the GNOME desktop; some applications have been written from scratch and others are ports.

The employment of the newest GUI widgets offered by the latest version of GTK+ in order to implement the GNOME Human interface guidelines (HIG) ergonomically is the only feature which all GNOME Core Applications have in common. Some of the GNOME Core Applications are essential, while several are not, e.g. GNOME Weather. Most are thin graphical front-ends, e.g. GNOME Software, to underlying Linux system daemons, like e.g. journald, PackageKit, NetworkManager or PulseAudio.

Probably no Linux distribution includes all GNOME Core Applications into the default installation. It is safe to say, that the GNOME Core Applications serve as a means to communicate the intentions of the GNOME HIG by implementing it, and at the same demonstrate the possibilities of current GTK+/Clutter versions.

There are countless GTK+- and Clutter-based programs written by various authors. Since the release of GNOME 3, The GNOME Project concentrates on developing a set of programs that accounts for the GNOME Core Applications. All programs that form the GNOME Core Applications, have a certain design and the tight integration with one another in common. Some programs are simply renamed existing programs with a revamped user interface, while other were written from scratch.


  • Graphical shell 1
  • Configuration 2
  • Conversations 3
  • Files 4
  • System 5
  • World 6
  • Utilities 7
  • External links 8
  • References 9

Graphical shell

The default graphical shell of GNOME 3 is GNOME Shell. GNOME Shell obsoleted GNOME Panel. An alternative graphical shell is, e.g. Cinnamon.

GNOME Core Applications: User interface (GNOME Shell)
GNOME Shell overview mode 
GNOME Shell applications launcher 
GNOME Shell in classic mode 
Screenshots of GNOME Core User Interface (Shell) Application


  • Control Center – main interface to configure various aspects of GNOME. Diverse panels represent graphical front-ends to configure the NetworkManager daemon and other daemons.
  • dconf editor – an editor for dconf
  • Tweak Tool – gives access to a certain popular subset of the desktop settings
GNOME Core Applications: Configuration
Screenshots of GNOME Core Configuration Applications


GNOME Core Applications: Conversations
Screenshots of GNOME Core Conversations Applications


GNOME Core Applications: Files
Screenshots of GNOME Core Files Applications


GNOME Core Applications: System
GNOME system log 
Screenshots of GNOME Core System Applications


GNOME Core Applications: World
Screenshots of GNOME Core World Applications


GNOME Core Applications: Utilities
Meld legacy 
Screenshots of GNOME Core Utilities Applications

External links


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